A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

Driving Around My “Backyard”

Guests have long referred to this strikingly beautiful part of Umbria, so close to Genius Loci, as “my backyard”.  Today, rushing out before the predicted afternoon rain, “my backyard” was incredibly beautiful – with magical light and colors:  laden gray-green olive branches dancing in the breeze, emerald green grassy meadows, yellow/orange poplar trees, wild corbezzoli heavy with ripe fruit  (strawberry …


A Few of my Favorite Things – Part 1

Over the centuries, artists and writers…and more recently travelers and photographers have been enthralled, often mesmerized by the rare quality of light in Italy!  As promised several months ago to my faithful blog-reading friends, and after much consideration, I have begun to list a few of my Favorite Things in Italy.   I begin with Umbrian sunrises as seen from …


Fall and Winter Views from Genius Loci

When we moved in December to the house above  – our delightful but much smaller new house on the Genius Loci property – we were, of course, very familiar with the views, the beauty of the changing seasons’ views…but to see them from our new home, from its every window, was a new experience.  Each day begins with the inspiration …


Dramatically Discouraging Drought Despair – Dry Umbria

Umbria, the green heart of Italy,  is suffering from a severe drought.  Mere drops of rain have fallen since May and temperatures have soared well beyond 95° F. every day all summer!  Everywhere, creeks are dry and rivers are reduced to trickles.  The sunflowers were totally blackened and sadly drooping long before their useless harvest.  The corn crop, much of …